Stranger Things, the Netflix sci-fi horror mega-hit, is coming back for a third season, and now we know exactly when. With a new teaser as well as a poster, the streaming giant has also ensured there will be millions eager to sit down and stream the show as soon as it’s online.
The mysterious and often terrifying events surrounding little Hawkins, Indiana and a group of regular suburban kids living in the coke-addled 1980s first grabbed viewers by the nose in July 2016. Series creators Matt and Ross Duffer tapped into a powerful combo of suspense and nostalgia and rode it into a second season as well—not losing a bit of steam in the process.
So naturally season three is one of the most hotly anticipated TV premieres of 2019. Because this is Stranger Things and irresistible mystery and menace is kind of what the show is all about, we now know that the new season will bring new puzzling events, evident in the teaser above.
The video begins with a broadcast of Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve for 1985, then the signal breaks up and switches to a field of green letters. The following words are highlighted: «WHEN BLUE AND YELLOW MEET.» It’s clearly a «signal hack» or hijacking, a real phenomenon that happened a few times in the 1970s and 80s.
But what does it mean? It’s Stranger Things, so only the show’s creators know for sure.
Netflix also released a new poster for the third season on New Year’s day. Most of the kids in the cast are watching a huge fireworks display, but Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) and Mike Wheeler (Finn Wolfhard) are holding hands, with Eleven looking fearfully back at the viewer.
Whatever’s going on with Eleven’s expression, the fireworks and some kids wearing shorts add up to a summer celebration—which makes sense, since the teaser reveals that Stranger Things season 3 drops on July 4, 2019.
One thing to take away from the previews we’ve seen: the new season will go new and chilling places.
Whatever happens, July already feels like a little too long to wait.